South West Chef Takeover at Exeter Festival!

 

South West Chef of the Year took over the cookery theatre at the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink for a demonstration on Sunday 6th May 2018.

In beautiful weather, crowds flocked to the three-day festival in Exeter’s Northernhay Gardens where they enjoyed a wide range of chefs’ demonstrations, food and drink exhibitors and traders, food-related activities and the Exeter Beats music festival.  Summer had certainly arrived in Exeter, allowing everyone to savour the wonderful array of food and drink available throughout the weekend.

On Sunday, current South West Chef of the Year, Rob Cox, was demonstrating alongside 2015 Young Professional winner, James Mason, who were both assisted by Home Cook winner (2016 and 2017), Sue Stoneman.  Our 2017 joint junior winners, Amber Clay and Anna West, were lucky enough to be seated at the Chefs’ Table where they enjoyed a birds eye view of the demonstration and tasted the completed dishes. (see below for more details on each of these winners)

Our winners were also be joined by judges Michael Caines MBE (who compered the demonstration) and Seth Ward from lead sponsor, Bidfood UK.

As well as the takeover of the cookery theatre, Sue also demonstrated her skills in both the Darts Farm Food is Fun teepees and the West Country Bakery marquee at the Festival.

Pictured here (left to right), Rob Cox, Michael Caines, Sue Stoneman and James Mason

 

Michael introducing Junior winners, Amber Clay and Anna West to the audience.  Amber and Anna were joined at the Chefs’ Table by their mothers who have supported them in their journeys through the competition and beyond!

 

Amber and Anna tasting Rob’s delicious asparagus dish.

 

Sue demonstrating her winner pork tenderloin dish in the Darts Farm Food is Fun teepees at the Festival.

 

Rob Cox

Overall South West Chef of the Year and South West Professional Chef of the Year 2017

Head Chef at the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant, Clearwell, Gloucestershire

 

 

 

James Mason

South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2015

Head Chef, Kentisbury Grange, Barnstaple

Rob and James will be assisted during their demo by:

 

 

 

Sue Stoneman

South West Home Cook of the Year 2016 and 2017

Exmouth, Devon

 

 

 

Amber Clay

Joint South West Junior Chef of the Year and Gloucesstershire Junior Chef of the Year 2017

Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury

 

 

 

Anna West

Joint South West Junior Chef of the Year and Cornwall Junior Chef of the Year 2017

Penair School, Truro

 

 

 

 

Our winners were joined on stage by two of our judges: lead judge, Michael Caines MBE and Seth Ward, representing lead sponsor, Bidfood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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